Global lithium-ion battery leader CATL (宁德时代, 300750.SZ) today dropped hints that it has plans to supply battery packs to the emerging robotic industry.
On a stock interactive platform, CATL was queried about its thoughts on the humanoid Tesla Bot Optimus.
In addition, an investor also posed to the battery juggernaut questions whether it has already participated in projects to provide medium-sized batteries and related technologies to robotic firms.
In response, CATL said that the market space for human-shaped robots is immense, and that the company has already established a toehold in this segment as well as a market position as a leading battery supplier.
The full-fledged electrification of sectors such as medium-sized battery, engineering machinery, heavy-duty truck, ship and airplane has just begun, and in the long run, they will generate more growth possibilities for the company, said CATL.
Notably, there have long been signs of CATL’s intentions to branch out into robotics.
At the 8th Europe Forum 2022 in September last year, held by China Europe International Business School, Li Ping, vice chairman of CATL, told the audience that the battery heavyweight has set its sights on a move into service robotics.
“One of our biggest directions in the future is service rather than industrial robotics,” Li said then.